To be honest with you, I don’t have the words to make you feel better, but I do have the arms to give you a hug, ears to listen to whatever you want to talk about and I have a heart; a heart that is aching to see you smile again. — Pinterest
My last writing prompt was how do you cheer people up? Describe a time when you did so. Here is my response.
One of the hardest things I have had to learn as a friend, is sometimes I can’t make you feel better. I don’t have a solution to every problem. Sometimes what you are going through is beyond my level of comprehension because I have never gone through it my self. There are times when, no matter how much I want to, I just can’t make it better for you.
So instead of giving you empty words, I have learned to sit quietly and listen, making no judgments. I have learned when to push you to talk about it and when to let you go with a hug and “I am here if you want to talk about it.” I have learned I can say I love you but I just can’t do this today and it is okay. It doesn’t make me selfish. It makes me human.
I will always be there for you in what ever way you need me to be. I just won’t always be able to cheer you up and make you feel better.
Writing Prompt #7 Have you ever had the rotten experience of putting a pet to sleep?
Here is my response to this weeks writing prompt, what is the best part about
When I started A Solitary Feast, I thought blogging would be a solitary pursuit, just me and my tablet sitting on the couch. I never expected the connections I would make with people, literally, all over the world. Some connections were just a comment or two. Other connections were more enduring, stretching over several social media platforms.
I followed Lili from Lili’s Cakes, because I was a cake decorator by profession and am absolutely floored by her stunning cakes. Her continued presence on my blog and Instagram account have encouraged me to branch out and expand my basic baking skills. Inverted puff pastry anyone? Although I haven’t posted my small batch adaptions of Lili’s recipes yet, she is one of my favorite bloggers and a constant inspiration.
If you hang around my blog long enough you are going to see my small batch adaptions of recipes from Lady Melady My Castle, My Food. I get a lot of the recipes I adapt from her blog. That’s not surprising really. One of the things that made me stop and look through her blog is Audrey cooks the kind of food I likes to eat. I was in the position, at the time, were a person I trusted was being very nasty about the kind of foods I was posting. Seeing Audrey’s blog, her likes and kind comments on my food, both in my comment section and on her blog was an affirmation of my recipe choices and that people really do eat like I do.
In January, I got to meet Audrey in person and found that she is just as lovely in person as she is on her blog. It was amazing to put a face with I had been talking to for so long.
Writing Prompt #5 How do you cheer someone up? Describe a time when you did so.
Due to life events, I didn’t get my weekly writing prompt done and posted last week. Here is my response to writing prompt #2. If the internet disappeared today, how would you continue to share your love of cooking or what ever you blog about?
One theme that comes up over and over when I talk about my blog, A Solitary Feast, is how it isn’t worth cooking or baking for one or two. When I hear someone say that, I always think about how I would like to show them how wrong they are. If I couldn’t continue to blog, I would find a way to teach my skills to others, either personally, in a class room setting or maybe a combination of the two.
My class would consist of teaching people how to cook homemade versions of common prepackaged foods. I would like to show people how you can cook homemade foods without spending hours in the kitchen. I would also share my knowledge of how to stock the kitchen and cook for one or two.
Writing Prompt #3 How spontaneous are you?
So here is my response to last week’s writing prompt, list 25 things you would never do. I thought it would be an easy prompt to do but it wasn’t hence the 22 instead of 25 things I would never do. The list started really general, i think we can all agree we would never commit murder or do drugs, but it got pretty personal by the end.
22 Things I Would Never Do
1. I will never commit murder.
2. I will never do drugs.
3. I will never lie to my best friend.
4. I will never let my friends go hungry.
5. I will never eat Rocky Mountain oysters.
6. I will never euthanize a pet because the become costly or inconvenient.
7. I will never steal from my job.
8. I will never steal from my friends.
9. I will never steal from my family.
10. I will never judge someone because of their past.
11. I will never judge someone because their religious or political views are different then mine.
12. I will never judge someone because they are “different”.
13. I will never marry someone who doesn’t respect my animals.
14. I will never be like everyone else.
15. I will never diet because someone says I am fat.
16. I will never give up hope that someday things will be right between me and my dad.
17. I will never turn my back on my nieces or nephews.
18. I will never be on anyone’s best dressed list.
19. I will never have children of my own.
20. I will never not have a parrot in my life.
21. I will never be conventional.
22. I will never change my essential self to please someone else.
Writing Prompt #2 If the internet disappeared today, how would you continue to share your love of cooking or what ever you blog about?